Utah Legislature Thwarts the Will of The People
Count My Vote: Utahns voted to move to a primary election system rather than the caucus system. The Republican party blocked this decision in court and negotiated a hybrid solution of caucus and primary elections, because they felt the primary system would benefit the Democrats. This system does not benefit Washington County. This is not what we asked for.
Gerrymandering: In 2018 we voted for Proposition 4, Independent Redistricting Commission, to ensure that our voting districts are drawn in a fair and impartial manner. The state legislature modified this to include a panel of eight Legislators that do not have to accept the Independent Commission’s recommendations. This is not what we voted for.
Expanded Medicaid: In 2018 Utah voted for Proposition 3, Expanded Medicaid, but the State Legislature modified this to add a work requirement. This is not what we voted for.
Medical Marijuana: In 2018 Utah voted for Proposition 2. The state legislature has imposed high yearly licensing fees for distribution businesses, ranging from $50,000 to $65,500. To further limit this, we have only eight distribution outlets in this state, all in northern Utah. This is not what we voted for.
Public Lands: Utahns (and everyone else in the world) enjoy our public lands. The reduction of Bears Ears National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Park and other public areas will reduce our public lands by 48%. In Saint George our Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, only one in 18 recognized conservation areas in the U.S., is in danger of having a four-lane highway built through it. The voters should have a say.
I believe the following are not just District 75 issues but Utah issues
We have a lot to work on:
Education funding for K – 12
Guns – Defeat proposed legislation that will allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit.
Women’s issues – Women’s bodies should not be legislated. (Utah has never passed the ERA, now they are legislating our bodies)
Childcare – Safe, accessible, and reliable
Health Care – Affordable options